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April 19th, 2013

River stays under flood stage here

April 19, 2013

    Despite well over an inch of rain in the past 24 hours, the St. Marys River remained under its flood stage this morning.
    Officials at the city weather station measured the river at 15.85 feet at 7 .m., still under its 17-foot stage. The river stood at 13.05 feet 24 hours earlier.
    The weather station recorded 1.25 inches of rain on Thursday at this morning, up to 7 a.m.
        Further details in today's print and e-editions.

Old building going down

April 19, 2013

    Demolition of the antiquated former street department building between the police station and city swimming pool got under way on Thursday.
    Denny's Excavating of Plainfield, general contractor for the project, began by tearing down the garage attached to the west side or the original building, which is well over 100 years old and is considered a safety hazard.
    The entire structure could be down by Saturday or the first of next week, officials said. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)
 

Chambers to host an econ forum

April 19, 2013

    The Decatur and Berne chambers of commerce, in conjunction with First Merchants Bank, will host an Economic Outlook Forum on Tuesday, April 30, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    The forum will be moderated by John Stafford, the director of IPFW's Community Research Institute. Panelists will include State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne; Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman, representing agriculture; Josh Krueckeberg, real estate; Larry Macklin, economic development; Brad Lichtenberger, industry; and Dane Wheeler, health care.

April 18th

Adams County under tornado, flood watch

April 18, 2013

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Adams County until 5 p.m. today. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable to produce a tornado.
    Adams County also remains under a flood watch from 2 p.m. this afternoon through Friday morning.
    We will update this information throughout the day should any new watches or warnings be issued.

Demolition launched today

April 18, 2013

    The long-awaited demolition of the former city street department garage got under way early this morning.
    Street/Sanitaiton Superintendent Jeremy Gilbert said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that the entire project is likely to be completed in some 36 days, by May 17, or possibly earlier.
    The main building could be down as soon as the first of next week, he said.
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.
 

Storm water department flushed away

April 18, 2013

    Nothing stays the same, the old saying goes, and Decatur City Council is proving that adage by eliminating the storm water department it created only nine years ago, in 2004.
    There are good reasons, laid out by City Attorney Tim Baker at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

BHS play to open Saturday

April 18, 2013

    Over 30 Bellmont students are involved in the production of "Midsummer/Jersey," which will be presented on the stage of the schools' Erekson Theater this Saturday and Sunday.
    Students are involved in the production as cast and/or crew members.  Many students actors are playing more than one role.
    The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Reserved seats are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors citizens, and are in the lower sections of the theatre. 

April 17th

New Farmers Market site likely

April 17, 2013

    The city's annual Fourth of July fireworks came up at last night's city council meeting, as did another warm-weather (mostly) event: the Farmers Market.
    The popular weekly market is likely to get another new home, its fourth, the First St. parking lot, and a new supervisor, Chad Hunter.
    Wes Kuntzman, director of the Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event, introduced Hunter to council, then put forth some plans for this year's market, again to be held Thursday afternoons, starting June 6.

Fourth fireworks festival forming

April 17, 2013

    It may seem a bit hard to believe, given this spring's weather, but plans are being formulated for Decatur's annual Fourth of July fireworks show.
    Longtime chief organizer Adam Eguia was on hand at Tuesday night's Decatur City Council meeting to outline some details for the 21st fireworks display and to request the city's annual financial contribution of $375, which was granted, along with permission to hold the event.

Donations for auction are being sought

April 17, 2013

    Volunteers from Golden Meadows Home are contacting Adams County businesses, groups and individuals  regarding the donation of products, services, or gift certificates for Golden Meadows' 19th annual auction.
    The auction, which benefits the Special Needs Resident Fund at the home – will be held on Saturday, June 8, beginning at 10 a.m. on the facility's grounds at 3646N 200E in rural Decatur.
    Further details in today's print and e-editions.

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